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Thanks to “Annabelle: Creation,” the Conjuring franchise has passed $1 billion.

James Wan directed “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Wan also directed the first “Saw” film. That series will see a new installment, “Jigsaw” later this year.

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“The Conjuring” universe continues to flex its muscle at the box office. “Annabelle: Creation” earned $4 million from its Thursday previews.

That’s almost double the $2.1 million “Annabelle” earned and is also higher than “The Conjuring” (James Wan, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) and “The Conjuring 2”.

Horror movies can be very front loaded, so it still may not reach the level of those first three films, but at this point, an opening above $30 million seems likely.

James Wan already had horror hits like “Saw” and “Insidious” on his hands. Now he can add “The Conjuring”, which earned more than $41 million. That’s more than twice its budget already! The other films like “RED 2”, “Turbo” and “R.I.P.D” starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges ranged from OK to out right bomb.

With the limited access to computers I’ll be having over this week and next this will be an abbreviated version of the Box office battle.

This week, four films hit theaters. Will any break out?

“Turbo” features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg and more. And it’s premise about a racing slug has the possibility of attracting the same kind of crowd that Pixar’s “Cars” brought in. But, it’s being released after “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2” and with the much more anticipated (ugh) “The Smurfs 2” still to come, one has to wonder if this will be the odd animated film left out. Still, it still should do better than say “Rise of the Guardians” but probably not by much.

Opening weekend: $30-35 million

James Wan is back with “The Conjuring”. The director of “Saw” and “Insidious” has Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga starring in this film, which is gaining a ton of buzz about how scary it is. It’s not opening in as many theaters as the other films, but this one could make a strong play for first place.

Opening weekend: $28-33 million

“RED 2” stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough. But the star power won’t help this film. The first film opened to $21 million on its way to $90 million domestically and nearly $200 million worldwide. I doubt it matches those numbers domestically as many view it as an unnecessary sequel to an OK first film, though it should open around the same level.

Opening weekend: $20-25 million

Finally we have “R.I.P.D.” The presence of Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds won’t help this film escape its “Men in Black” knockoff feel and, frankly, it looks like this summer’s “Jonah Hex”. Never a good thing.

Opening weekend: $10-15 million

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So far this summer, “World War Z” has been my biggest positive surprise. Starring Brad Pitt, the film was shockingly fun. But there’s another film I think might be my biggest surprise. That would be “The Conjuring” starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. From James Wan, the director of “Saw” and “Insidious” the film is being called one of the scariest in decades and got an R rating not because of blood or gore…but for just being too scary. Word is New Line is already looking at developing a sequel. Horror sequels are a tough sell, but if the first one is as good as people are saying, I’d be up for it.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Vin Diesel already starred in “Fast and Furious 6” and is returning to the world of Riddick with “Riddick”. But could he also join the Marvel film universe? Diesel tweeted that he was taking a meeting with Marvel, but didn’t know what for. Now before “The Avengers” came out from Joss Whedon, there were rumors that Diesel would play Vision. Then there were rumors he’d play Vision in Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man”. But, and this might be wishful thinking, wouldn’t it be cool if he played Kingpin in a DareDevil remake?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This seems a bit quick, but “Fast and Furious 6” directed by Justin Lin is seeing its sequel, “Fast and Furious 7” from James Wan being released next year. Reports are that Warner Brothers wants a “Man of Steel” sequel, which has earned $125.1 million already, to come out in 2014 with a “Justice League” film to follow in 2015. It makes a little bit of sense because WB has slated a 2015 release for a JLA film for a while now. But that’s not much time for Zack Snyder and writer David Goyer to prep a script and get everything done in time.

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It’s been rumored for a while now. But we know that “Fast and Furious 7” is having a big name join the cast for the supposed finale. Michelle Rodriguez confirmed that Jason Statham will be in “Fast and Furious 7”. I can’t wait! Hopefully James Wan can keep up the momentum.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Fast Five” starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and more was one of 2011’s surprise hits. “Fast and Furious 6” promises to push the envelope even further. Justin Lin, however, stepped down as director for “Fast and Furious 7”. Now producer Neal Moritz talked about new director James Wan, who fans will know as the helmer of “Saw” and “Insidious”.

“(He’s) a terrific, terrific director at the top, top of his genre.  He’s done everything you could do in the genre he’s been working in, and as he said to me the other day, everything he has trained himself within that genre has been so he could take the next step up into something like Fast & Furious… I’ve always been a fan of his, he’s one of the people that we initially had on our list as a possible replacement, but I can just tell you when he came in and told us what his vision was, when he left the room we all looked at each other and said ‘That’s our director,” Moitz said.

Moritz also confirmed that Johnson will be in the seventh film. No word on whether that Jason Statham rumor is true, though.

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Dwayne Johnson hinted that if the next Fast and Furious film shot this summer he would have to drop out because of his schedule. But just because director Justin Lin is out and James Wan is in doesn’t mean Universal won’t move…fast and furiously to get “Fast and Furious 7” out. At CinemaCon, the release date for the seventh film was set for July 11, 2014. That’s fast considering “Fast and Furious 6” comes out this Memorial Day weekend. The sixth film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and more. The seventh film is rumored to have Jason Statham as the villain.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.